In the world of online casinos, there are many top-rated companies that supply online casino software to the gaming industry. A small number of these companies are involved in land based and online gaming solutions. In Germany, the Gauselmann Group is certainly the exception to the rule. The group is a globally operated family-owned company that provides high end gaming solutions throughout Germany with subsidiaries all over the world. Their range of gaming products include game design, land based gaming machines, entertainment centres, land based casinos, sports betting facilities, online casinos, online casino software, Bingo halls in the UK, bowling centres and financial services.
History and Product Range
In 1957, Paul Gauselmann laid the foundation for the family run company when he worked as a part-time independent gaming machine operator. In 1974, Paul opened up his first gaming venue located in Delmenhorst, Germany. At the time, it was the first modern venue of its kind. Over the next few decades, the group’s subsidiary company, Casino Merkur-Spielothek became one of the biggest national gaming venue chains in Germany. In 1986, the group opened up its first international entertainment centre becoming a truly international company. In 2005, the Merkur Casino GmbH was created to promote the international expansion of gaming venues, changing its name in 2014 to no Merkur International.
The Gauselmann Group offers a wide range of products and services in Germany and overseas. One of their core products is game design. The group is intimately involved with land based gaming machines and their continual design. This includes hardware development, core element mathematics, as well as software graphics and sound development. There are a total of 16 game design teams based in Germany and around the world. The game design teams are responsible for creating new gaming content for the companies many gaming machines.
Land Based Casinos
In 2013, the Gauselmann Group finally achieved their goal of opening a land based casino. A subsidiary of the group Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH & Co. KG and its partner, the Swiss Stadtcasino Baden AG were granted casino licences in Saxony-Anhalt. This would mark the beginning stages of the group entering the casino sector. The company opened their first land based casino in Leuna-Günthersdorf (Saxony-Anhalt) called the Merkur Spielbank. At the Merkur Speilbank, guest can enjoy a variety of casino games in including blackjack, poker and roulette. A second casino was opened in 2013 in Magdeburg.
In addition to land based gaming machines, the Gauselmann Group also specialises in the development of high-end online casino software for the European and international market. In 2010, the group was awarded a gambling licence by the Gambling Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man for the sale and operation of online casino systems. Today the group operates a number of online casinos in Europe. The company also offers players the opportunity to play their popular land based range of Merkur Magic games online. The main reason for the development of online casinos was to create a functional and enhanced experience that works as an addition to their entertainment centres.